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Semester 1

Semantic Theory (LASC10110)


Language Sciences and Linguistics





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Visiting student must have completed at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. **The Language Sciences courses offered at the University of Edinburgh are extremely intensive and visiting students have struggled with these courses in previous years. Students are expected to have a strong background in Linguistics as an academic discipline; courses that are part of a Modern Foreign Languages degree may not provide students with an adequate background**

Course Summary

In this course, you will become familiar with logical tools used in the analysis of meaning in natural language, and apply them to a range of major topics in semantics.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the logical foundations of semantic theory. Topics to be covered include: - Using predicate logic to analyse sentence meanings; - Lambda calculus as a model of semantic composition; - Possible worlds and intensionality; - Issues in the analysis of a range of empirical phenomena in natural language semantics, typically including quantification, anaphora, modality, and conditionals. - Issues in the interface between syntax and semantics in relation to the above phenomena. At the end of the course, you will be prepared to identify research questions in formal semantics, and conduct independent research in this area.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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